markHi, I’m Mark McDonnell, and I created the LifeEditor to help people make good life choices and have a happy life. I am 52, married and live by the sea in Cornwall, south west England.

In the course of my life, like everyone else, I have made some good choices and some not so good. And I became interested in why that was. I mean, I always wanted the same thing – a good outcome. But I didn’t always get it. So why was that? Was it something about the way I was making decisions that was wrong? And was there anything that could help me make better choices?

In particular, I wondered whether the great philosophies and wisdom traditions of the world could help me get it right next time. Or was there a way of calculating mathematically whether a decision was going to turn out well or not.

When I was at university, I studied rational decision-making processes as part of my business degree. That was fine, but it was very clinical and pseudo-scientific. I didn’t seem appropriate for personal decisions.

I have also been interested in various spiritual practices during my life. I was brought up (not very strictly) as a Roman Catholic and also went to the Anglican cathedral in Norwich where I grew up. Later I took up Transcendental Meditation, studied Tantra, came across the Native American tradition, and more recently became a Buddhist.

So, put all that together and that’s where the idea for LifeEditor came from.

I have drawn on various different spiritual and philosophical traditions for the LifeEditor models, and invented the Western one myself. It was a very interesting and rewarding experience writing it. I think they all have something to offer. Which one you use is really a matter of preference and what rings a bell with you.

I would be delighted if a community of users were to arise around the LifeEditor site in which people talk about the decisions they are facing in their life, share their experiences and bounce off one another in a constructive and kind atmosphere.

I would like to dedicate LifeEditor to the wellbeing of all those who use it and the good consequences of their choices.